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by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Monuments is an apt name for the new release by Swedish rockers We Are The Catalyst, as it borders on monumental. The hard working duo of Cat Fey and Kenny B (both formerly of the alternative metal act One Without) are poised to release their first full length [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Eagle Rock Entertainment transferred the release of Banger Film’s Super Duper Alice Cooper from theater to the Blu-ray and DVD format. The film chronicles Vincent Furnier’s childhood to his taking on the mantle of the alter ego known as Alice Cooper. [...]
by Zane Cash - Photojournalist – August 7th, 2014 at at the Downtown OKC Airpark in Oklahoma City, OK. – The hottest (literally) metal festival of the year was in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Aug. 7, 2014 and Hardrock Haven was there to cover the madness! The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem [...]
After reminiscing about the top Hard Rock and Metal albums from the ’80s, the Hardrock Haven staff decided we shouldn’t stop there. We now turn our attention to the ’90s. Again, taking aim at the top Hard Rock and Metal albums of that decade. With the deafening roar of Grunge’s [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Breaking Free is the debut EP from Copenhagen’s Forever Still. While not groundbreaking or evolutionary, this four track release is a shining example of the female-fronted Gothic Rock genre. Forever Still has a history going back to 2009 when [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Corruption are no newbies to the Polish metal scene – founded in 1991, they’ve come a long way from their doom/death metal beginnings to their current stoner metal incarnation. Now, four years after the well-received Bourbon River Bank, they return [...]
The Hardrock Haven staff is taking a nostalgic trip back to the ’80s, taking aim at those Hard Rock and Metal albums that made us fans of the genre(s). Whether it was the angst-driven anthems or the overly decadent lifestyle, the ’80s defined a music era that was hammered into our [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – The Swedish act Lake Of Tears, active since the mid-‘90s, is labeled anything from ‘Death to Doom to Gothic/Dark metal – and there is no doubt about their sound and specific atmosphere being targeted at a particular, tight circle of rock music [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Much hubbub abounds about the fact that Johnny Depp blessed this album with his stamp of approval. Problem is, Depp also claimed The Lone Ranger was a good movie. Well, he got one out of two right. Live Fast Die Loud is a good album. It never crosses the [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Multi-instrumentalist and singer David J. Caron is back. After dropping a 28-track debut release in 2012, he has release a package called 9 Singles, consisting of four new tracks that will appear on his upcoming album, and five of the most memorable ones pulled [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Hardrock Haven is always discovering the next cutting edge band making waves in the music industry. KXM is that next band, featuring ex-Dokken virtuoso George Lynch, Korn drummer Ray Luzier and Dug Pinnick from Kings X. KXM embraces all of these artists’ [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – What the recent years have brought – apart from the obvious ‘80s nostalgia and the trend of retromania – is the growing number of contemporary rock/metal acts and young musicians who don’t deny their classic hard rock roots (and their having a soft [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Multi-instrumentalist and composer Walter Monsanto has released his full-length solo album titled The Master Key. Hailing from Guatemala, Monsanto has been making a name for himself throughout the region, opening for international live acts, such as Michael [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – After all these years, Ron Keel (KEEL, Steeler, Fair Game, IronHorse, Saber Tiger, etc.) finally has what he considers to be a true solo album, and he called it Metal Cowboy. Although an extensive list of musicians played on the album, the main [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Hydra is the upcoming release from European symphonic rockers Within Temptation – and it very well could be their strongest release to date. Smoothly firing on all cylinders with the support of a number of well-known guests, Within Temptation is returning to [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Its more of the same from Axel Rudi Pell on his latest release, Into The Storm… In this case – more explosive guitars, more solid vocal performances, more well-crafted songs, more of everything that has allowed the German guitar virtuoso to stay on [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – Where the hell did these guys come from? De Van’s new album Current End of Days is only their second release, following the incredible debut Planet Botox, and they are simply one of the best bands on the planet making music today. Period. Stick a fork in [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Rebuild is the latest release from Christian rockers The Letter Black, and a solid release it is. Fronted by the husband and wife team of Mark and Sarah Anthony, The Letter Black delivers a strong and varied rock-metal mix pulling from multiple genres and [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Apparently not content with simply having released 2013′s best album (Infestissumam), Papa Emeritus II and his band of Nameless Ghouls is back with another unholy offering. Alongside producer Dave Grohl (yes, that Dave Grohl, who also [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Dario Lorina has been turning heads on the guitar aficionado circuits for years. First as an awkward, but technically brilliant teenage virtuoso with amateur clips on YouTube, then (at 16) as the late Jani Lane’s underage axeman, and now as the [...]
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